Quilting and Social Media

What do quilting and social media have to do with each other? This is no doubt a question you didn’t know needed to be answered until it was asked. The answer has to do with productivity, time management and automation – concepts common in both elements – quilting and managing / leveraging social media.  It …

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Woodland Critters – Climbing a Mountain

  To the Summit and Beyond The past weeks have been a series of many starts and stops.  Like climbing a mountain – taking a break now and then to survey the landscape, catch my breath, plan my next move then climb some more.   Reaching the mountain’s summit and feeling like the descent back …

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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Design Wall

  I’m going to continue to use my Woodland Critters Baby Quilt to demonstrate the necessity of using a design wall with all – or at least most – of your quilting projects. Right now, I have each of the 12 blocks and bazillion pieces for sashing in place, in sequential order and ready for …

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Woodland Critters Baby Quilt – Part 2

It’s Critter Time! Finally, things are beginning to come together – on all levels. I have finished the applique process for all six “Critters” and here is what they look like up on my design wall each patiently waiting to be squared into 10″ blocks. You can review my applique process here or use Erin’s …

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What is a Superior Thread Holder Handy Stand?

    And Do I Need One? In my last post I discussed my “Dream Quilting / Sewing machine” and thought I had covered all its positive elements and functions. However, I did omit one important item – the thread holder. The Juki TL2000Qi is designed to hold the larger spools and cones of thread …

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Pellon Shape Flex 101 and the Quilt Top Applique Process

Pellon Shape Flex interfacing vs Everything Else Out There Over the past couple years I’ve read many tutorials and watched several videos each describing the various techniques for creating a pattern to be attached – or appliqued – onto fabric. For every technique available, there are an equal number of associated pros and cons. For …

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Woodland Critters Baby Quilt – Part 1

    The Inside story This one continues to be quite a work in progress and has me doing a couple of things I’ve never done before: 1) machine applique and 2) learn and apply new techniques “as I go”. I like to take the time to practice and perfect a technique before incorporating it …

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The Top 5 Techniques for Instant Success Piecing Your First Quilt Top

If you are like me when the quilting/sewing/I-have-to-make-something bug hits it usually happens when I’ve eyed a stunning quilt or located a new fabric line, my first thoughts – “I need to make that” or “I have to make something with that fabric”. Like many worthwhile things in life, quilting is not always so quick …

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Finishing Touches

    This is the third and final step needed to finish the quilt and make it ready to use and thankfully, it doesn’t involve many steps or materials and can be finished in a relatively short amount of time. Quilting per se is the actual stitching used to secure all three layers so during …

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